Feet mystery unrelated to downed plane: police
DNA testing has eliminated the possibility that the feet found washing ashore in B.C. are linked to two brothers whose bodies were never found after a plane crash in 2005.
Police notified the family of Doug and Trevor DeCock that the four mysterious feet were not a match to them, four years after the plane went down near Campbell River.
It's one lead that has turned up a dead end in a mystery that has excited the imagination of British Columbians.
Five feet have washed ashore from the Georgia Strait since August of last year.
CTV News first reported on Friday that one of those five feet has been matched to a missing person file.
RCMP spokesman Pierre Lemaitre told CTV News on Saturday that the match was made when one Greater Vancouver family responded to a public plea for help in the case.
They recognized one of the size 12 shoes the feet was found in, said Lemaitre.
"Once that family contacted us we were able to find the original file of the missing person," he said.
"A match was made with one of the shoes -- one of the remains and this family," he said. "So yesterday, they were officially notified of this development."
CTV News also reported on Friday that a body with no feet washed ashore on the San Juan Islands in March 2007.
That was five months before the feet became such a mystery -- and no one put the two together until a call from CTV News last week, said San Juan Islands Coroner Randy Gaylord.
"At first I didn't think it was really significant. The distance where the shoes were found and this person was found seemed to make it an unlikely connection," he said.
But he said that bodies have travelled as much as 80 miles across the Georgia Strait -- a body of water that is shared by both the Canadians and Americans.
Jeff Dolan of the B.C. Coroners Service said that BC officials have asked for DNA to see if there is a match.
The footless body was a "tremendous" find, he said.
"It should be considered a type of lead they'll be following up on -- a focus of their communication with Washington State," he said.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Shannon Paterson